Opening This Week


A love story written like a murder mystery from the very, very smart Tom Stoppard. Portland State University's Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave, Thur-Fri 8 pm, Feb 22-Mar 3, $6-$8

Saturday Night Showcase: Waiting for a Train
Wacky fun for the whole family, with puppetry, balloon animals, and banana combat. Tears of Joy Theatre, at the Winningstand Theater, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-0557, Feb 24, Mar 3 & 10, 8 pm, $10

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
David Seitz presents Eric Brogosian's hyper aggressive urban solo comedy about... uh, sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Stark Raving Theater, at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont St, 232-7072, Fri & Sat 10:30 pm, Feb 23-Mar 24, $13-$14

The Toad Prince
Who doesn't like puppets? I like puppets... Tears of Joy Theatre, PCPA, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-0557, Feb 23-Mar 11

The Trial
The journey of K, a banker who wakes up one morning to discover he's been arrested for a crime he knows nothing about. Also, his name only contains one letter. Cygnet Productions, 116 NE Russell St, 230-8827, Thur-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, ends Mar 25, $12-$15

One Week Only

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Dance magic from the folks at Alvin Ailey. White Bird, at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway and Main, 245-1600, Feb 27 & 28, 7:30 pm, $17.50-$65

Amazing feats of Comedy
An intimate evening with the most explosive Lithuanian Jewish Cowboy to ever come out of Portland, Louie Lichtenstein. Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St, 823-3177, Feb 23, 8 pm, $3-$16

Annie Get Your Gun
Musical about Annie Oakley, the most rootin' tootin' sharpshooter that ever rooted and tooted. Keller Civic Auditorium, SW 3rd and Clay, 241-1407, Feb 20-23, 7:30 pm, Feb 24, 25, 2:30 & 7:30 pm, $20-$60

The Two-Headed Person
Gigi Rosenberg and Rob Freeman's stories of a woman's longing, a son's journey, and the birth canal. Dreams Well Studio, 2857 SE Stark St, 231-8482, Fri, Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm, $9

Closing This Week

Young black poet, Clay, sees attractive white woman, Lula, in this 35-year-old play about American cultural relations. Raindog Theatre, 8638 N Lombard St, 735-1946, Thurs-Fri 8 pm, ends Feb 24, $8

Never the Sinner
A play by John Logan about Leopold and Loeb, the rich Chicago child murderers, who were defended by Clarence Darrow. Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 SW Alder St, 241-1278, through Feb 25 Wed-Sun Sun 2, Tues-Thurs 7, Fri-Sat 8, $15-$26

Current Runs

42nd Street
A big bold musical that chronicles the career of Broadway star, Peggy Sawyer. Musical Theater Company, Eastside Performance Center, 531 SE 14th Ave, 916-6592, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Mar 4, $16-$28

Kiss of the Spider Woman
Two men struggle to survive in an Argentinean prison. Miracle Theater Group, 525 SE Stark St, 236-7253, Thur-Sat 8 pm, closes Mar 17, $12-$15

* Rhesus Pieces, or You got your Jellyfish in my Monkey!
Don't be deterred by the lame title--The Brody Theater is always fun. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th Ave, 224-0688, Fri & Sat 8 pm, ends Mar 10, $8

The Last Night of Ballyhoo
In 1939, the Freitag family prepares for Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Includes references to Clark Gable and Hitler. Portland Actors Conservatory, at the Firehouse Theater, 1436 SW Montgomery St, 274-1717, Feb 16, 17, 22-25, Mar 1-4, Thurs 7 pm, Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm, $13-$17

The 4th annual Portland Sketch Comedy Festival
Sketch comedy troupes from all over N. America descend on The Siren Theater for 3 glorious nights.